McCain’s Final Push
The McCain campaign has kicked into overdrive for its final full day of campaigning before Election Day.
While Sen. John McCain maintained a leisurely schedule for much of the campaign — until recently, McCain rarely did more than two public events in one day — he and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are expected to take part in a combined 13 rallies in 11 states today.
McCain is scheduled to attend seven rallies — mostly at airports, where he can leave quickly for his next stop — in six states: Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Mexico, Nevada, winding up with a midnight rally in his home state of Arizona.
You may be surprised by the inclusion of Tennessee. McCain will host a rally at an airport in Blountville, Tenn., in the far northeastern tip of the state. Blountville is a short, 14-mile trip from Bristol, Va., and, according to the McCain campaign Website, tickets are being distributed at several Virginia GOP offices. McCain may be hoping his appearance will also resonate in nearby rural, northwestern North Carolina — another hotly contested battleground state.
Palin, for her part, is slated to make six appearances in five states, including: Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.
The campaigning doesn’t end tonight — McCain has a rally scheduled for noon tomorrow in the Republican stronghold of Grand Junction, Colo.
The list of states that the Republican candidates are visiting today says a lot about the state of the campaign. President George W. Bush carried all but one — Pennsylvania — in 2004. According to RealClearPolitics, Sen. Barack Obama leads McCain in the polls in all these states except Missouri, Indiana and Arizona (and Tennessee); Obama and McCain are tied in North Carolina.
At this late hour, with McCain trailing in so many battleground states, this last-ditch campaign-a-thon represents, literally, his final opportunity to turn the tide. Politico reports that the McCain campaign is banking on those voters who say they still remain undecided to break for McCain and tilt the election.
One has to imagine that, in addition to the undecideds, McCain is praying for a miracle.